Virat Kohli's experiment of replacing Dhawan with Rahul fails, India 52/2 after 15.3 overs

Rahul, who opened with Murli Vijay, was sent back to the pavilion after being dismissed at 10 by Morne Morkel. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 14, 2018, 11.53 AM (IST)

Skipper Virat Kohli's experiment to replace opener Shikhar Dhawan with KL Rahul for the second Test against South Africa, did not bear any fruit for the team. 

Rahul, who opened with Murli Vijay, was sent back to the pavilion after being dismissed at 10 by Morne Morkel.

Minutes later, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by Lungi Ngidi and had to move back to the dressing room without opening his account. 

Similiar to the first Test, South Africa has an upper hand with two dismissed for just 52 runs after bowling 15.3 overs on the second day of the second Test match.

But Ishant Sharma, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, was proved beneficial after he took three wickets including of Faf du Plessis, who scored 63 runs for his team.

Sharma struck twice in the early hours of Day 2 to restrict Proteas to 335 runs in their first innings. 

The Indian team management replaced wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and opener Shikhar Dhawan with Parthiv Patel and KL Rahul, after they failed to play along with the bouncers and seaming conditions.